Karti Chidambaram to deposit Rs 10 crore for travelling abroad : Supreme Court

The Supreme Court Wednesday allowed former Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram to travel abroad after depositing Rs 10 crore with its registry but asked him to cooperate with the probe in the INX Media and Aircel Maxis cases, saying “don’t play around with the law”.

The apex court asked Karti Chidambaram to appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on March 5, 6, 7 and 12 for questioning in connection with the INX Media and Aircel Maxis cases.

“You go wherever you want to go, between February 10 and 26 but you must cooperate with the investigation,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said.

“Please tell your clients that he will have to cooperate. You have not cooperated. We wanted to say a lot of things. We are not saying them right now,” the bench said.

The top court had on Monday asked the ED to specify the date on which it wants to interrogate Karti.

Besides asking Karti to deposit Rs 10 crore with the secretary general of the Supreme Court, the bench also asked him to file an undertaking that he would return and cooperate with the investigation.

Karti has sought permission to travel abroad from February 10 to 26 and again from March 23 to 31.

The bench was hearing Karti’s plea seeking permission to travel to France, Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom for the next few months for international tennis tournaments organised by a company called ‘Totus Tennis Ltd’ having its registered office in the UK.

The plea, which also said that Karti is associated with tennis as a “former player, current administrator and entrepreneur”, is being opposed by the ED.

The court had on Monday said that it will ensure that he appears before the agency and also goes for his tennis assignment, adding that “No tennis for him if he evades”.

The apex court had earlier refused urgent hearing on the plea of Karti saying, “Who is Karti? Karti Chidambaram, you are saying? Let him stay where he is. We have more important matters to decide”.

On September 18 last year it had allowed Karti to travel to the UK from September 20-30.

Karti is facing criminal cases which are being investigated by the ED and the CBI.

One of the cases relates to the FIPB clearance to INX Media for receiving foreign funds of Rs 305 crore when his father was the finance minister.

The ED had said that Karti, who is also facing proceedings in cases like Aircel-Maxis and money laundering matters, has been “blatantly misusing” the liberty granted by court in allowing him to travel abroad and has been using the same to protract the investigation in the case.

High Court protects Chidambaram from arrest till July 3: INX Media case

The Delhi High Court today granted former Union minister P Chidambaram interim protection from arrest till July 3 in the Central Bureau of Investigation’s INX Media corruption case .

Justice A K Pathak asked Chidambaram to join and cooperate in the questioning session as and when called by the CBI.

The court also sought the investigating agency’s response on the Congress leader’s anticipatory bail plea and listed the matter for further hearing on July 3.

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI, opposed the anticipatory bail plea saying he was merely called for questioning.

Chidambaram had yesterday rushed to a trial court for protection from arrest in Aircel-Maxis case before approaching the Delhi High Court in connection with the INX Media case, in which he has been asked by probe agencies to join investigations.

Chidambaram’s role has come under the scanner of investigating agencies in the Aircel-Maxis deal of Rs 3,500 crore and INX Media case involving Rs 305 crore. It was during his tenure as finance minister in the UPA-1 regime that FIPB clearance was granted to the two ventures in which alleged irregularities have been found.

In the INX Media case, the CBI had registered an FIR on May 15 last year against alleged irregularities in the FIPB clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 when Chidambaram was finance minister.

Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram was also arrested in the matter for allegedly receiving funds to the tune of Rs 10 lakh in the case.

The other accused in the case include then INX Media Director Indrani Mukerjea and then INX News Director Peter Mukerjea.

SC restrains Aircel-Maxis from transferring 2G licences

SC restrains Aircel-Maxis from transferring 2G licences
SC restrains Aircel-Maxis from transferring 2G licences

The Supreme Court today restrained transfer of 2G licences from Malaysia’s Maxis which was originally allotted to Aircel to any other telecom company.

A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar also proposed to restrain earning of any revenue by using the 2G spectrum licences which were originally granted to Aircel in 2006.

The bench also comprising Justices N V Ramana and D Y Chandrachud said that the instant order is being issued to bring to the notice of Malaysian businessman T Ananda Krishnan, the owner of Maxis group, to make his appearance in the apex court.

It said that if Ananda Krishnan and Ralph Marshall of Maxis fail to make appearance in the apex court on Jan 27, the 2G licences granted to Aircel shall be seized.

The bench asked the Telecom Ministry to devise ways and means to avoid adverse consequenses following the order to Aircel subscribers by provisionally transferring 2G licences to others service providers.

“We cannot tolerate a person using the national resource such as spectrum of India and not honouring court notice,” the bench said, adding that Ananda Krishnan cannot evade law.

The apex court directed the Indian govt to publish its instant order in two leading newspapers in Malaysia.

It also directed that in case the proposed order is passed, it would not be open to any of the accused to raise the issue of monetary losses.

The bench posted the material for further hearing on January 27 and said other averments made by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy will be dealt with at later stage.

Swamy has alleged that FIPB clearances to Aircel Maxis were granted illegally.

Special 2G prosecutor Anand Grover said that hearing on framing of charges in the trial court is scheduled on January 9.

( Source – PTI )

Aircel-Maxis: HC defers plea on 2G court jurisdiction

Aircel-Maxis: HC defers plea on 2G court jurisdiction
Aircel-Maxis: HC defers plea on 2G court jurisdiction

Delhi High Court today deferred hearing on the petition against a trial court order dismissing pleas of ex-Telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi and others challenging jurisdiction of the special 2G court to try the Aircel-Maxis case.

Justice I S Mehta posted the hearing for December 22 after the CBI informed it that the South Asia Entertainment Holding Limited, which has been summoned as accused along with Marans and five others in the case, has also filed an appeal on the same issue in the Supreme Court.

The company also admitted that they have moved the apex court on the issue.

Special Public Prosecutor Anand Grover, appearing for the CBI, submitted that since the apex court was monitoring the issue, the accused cannot file such an appeal before two platforms.

Noting this, the court said it would await the Supreme Court direction, on the basis of which it can proceed.

The special 2G court had on September 17 dismissed the pleas moved by Marans and others challenging its jurisdiction to try two cases filed by CBI and Enforcement Directorate in relation to the deal, claiming that these matters did not directly or indirectly fall in the category of 2G spectrum allocation cases.

The trial court had said that the Aircel-Maxis deal “fairly and squarely falls within the description of 2G scam”, and held that it has the jurisdiction to try the matter.

Besides the Maran brothers, the CBI has named Malaysian business tycoon T Ananda Krishnan, Malaysian national Ralph Marshall and four firms– Sun Direct TV Pvt Ltd, Astro All Asia Networks Plc, UK, Maxis Communications Berhad, Malaysia, and M/s South Asia Entertainment Holdings Ltd, Malaysia– as accused in the case.

They have been chargesheeted for the offences punishable under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

( Source – PTI )